Rose Garden
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RGNA Field Trip to Nemours Mansion and Gardens

  • June 07, 2013
  • 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Meet in Parks & Recreation parking lot to carpool to Wilmington, DE

Join the RGNA Garden and Architecture Committees for a Day Trip to Nemours Mansion and Gardens


Alfred I. duPont was a quintessential Victorian who lived well into the 20th century. His remarkable achievements contributed to the modern world and helped change the way we live. He was a photographer, manufacturer, pugilist, musician, politician, banker, inventor, suffragist, newspaper owner, yachtsman, businessman and philanthropist. And through his will he achieved a lasting legacy by creating a foundation that has ensured the well-being and good health of millions of children.

Alfred married Alicia, his second wife, in 1907 and loved showering her with gifts. By far the grandest of these was the spectacular new house that he built for her on a 3,000-acre plot of land in Wilmington. He hired Carrere and Hastings, a prestigious New York architectural firm, to design the mansion in the late-18th-century French style that Alicia adored. Alfred named the estate Nemours, after the French town that his great-great-grandfather represented in the French Estates General. While looking to the past and his ancestors for inspiration, Alfred also ensured that his new home was thoroughly modern by incorporating the latest technology and many of his own inventions.

When:  Friday, June 7, 2013

Time:  Meet at 7:00 a.m.  in Parks and Rec. Parking lot for a 7:15 departure to Nemours for a 9:30 tour.  We will be carpooling.

Price:  $15.00 includes a guided tour of the Mansion and a half hour tour of the Gardens.  There will be time after to walk the gardens at your leisure.

RSVP by Friday, May 17 – your check is your reservation.  Please make checks payable to Amy Scalici, and mail to her at 221 N. 28th Street, Allentown PA 18104.  Questions to Amy at buckmcg@gmail.com.

We will have lunch at a nearby restaurant.  We will depart for home by 3:30.

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